Mohamed Fall and Shannon Sharpe are set to join the Cal Poly Pomona men's basketball program for the 2012-13 school year, head coach Greg Kamansky announced recently.
Both student-athletes are transferring from Division I institutions, with Fall coming from the Montana State Bearcats and Sharpe arriving from the Colorado Buffaloes.
Fall, a 6-foot-9 and 240-pound center from Senegal, will be competing in his senior season this year. A 6-foot-1 guard hailing from Corona, Sharpe enters his junior campaign in 2012-13.
"We know both are tremendous basketball players," Kamansky said, "but we were even more impressed with the kind of people they are. Once getting to know them a bit, we saw that their character and attitude would be a perfect fit for Cal Poly Pomona."
During the 2011-12 season at MSU, Fall started in 26 games while averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Bobcats. The team finished with marks of 12-16 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky Conference. Before Fall's time at MSU, he played two seasons at Cloud County Community College in Kansas.
"He's a proven center and he showed at Montana State that he can play in big games," Kamansky said. "With Dwayne Fells completing his collegiate career at the end of last season, we're excited to bring in an impact post player."
Once at CPP in September, Fall - who goes by "Mo" - will continue to work toward a degree in Agribusiness Management.
"There were many reasons for choosing Cal Poly Pomona," Fall said. "Coach Kamansky and the Broncos are proven winners. Academically it's a good fit for me and I like the hands-on style of learning. From meeting the coaches and players, I can see that they have a great relationship and that it continues even after graduation."
Sharpe - also known as "Duece" - graduated from Corona Centennial High School in 2008 and as a senior there he posted per game averages of 17.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 3.3 steals.
"We recruited Shannon out of high school and he's been a human highlight reel throughout his entire basketball career," Kamansky said. "He'll bring a lot of energy to our lineup."
After missing the 2009-10 season at Colorado because of a knee injury, Sharpe bounced back to deliver high-energy play the next two seasons. In a second-round 2011 NIT game against Cal, he followed up a teammate's missed shot with a monster dunk to land the No. 1 spot on ESPN Sportscenter Top Plays. During that same season, he tied a school record for games played with 38 and ended up totaling 46 assists.
"I learned a lot during my two seasons at Colorado," Sharpe said. "I know that the experience there will help me a lot here at Cal Poly Pomona."
The opportunity with the Broncos brings Sharpe back home, as he was born in Riverside and raised in Corona. In talking about what drew him to CPP, Sharpe said he quickly connected with the coaching staff and realized that the players had a great chemistry. Asked to describe his playing style, "Duece" had one word: Explosive.